Henry Thompson served in the military as a fighter pilot, and died while serving in December 1942. In 1946 Thompson's work was continued by the superintendent of Tylers Parks and Recreation Department, Bob Shelton. Shelton, along with the help pathologist Dr. Elden Lyle, revised Thompson's design and were able complete the garden by 1952.
Today, the garden has more the 600 varieties of roses and over 32,000 bushes. The garden is free to all to see.
The Tyler Rose Museum displays history of the rose industry and the Texas Rose Festival. The Texas Rose Festival occurs every year at the Tyler Rose Garden. It has been a tradition since 1933. The Rose Garden not only host the festival, but can be rented for special events. It can be rented for wedding, reunions, proms, etc.